Age Concern to open new social club for senior citizens in Arroyo de la Miel

  • The day centre is open to the English-speaking community of Benalmádena and will offer weekly meetings, lunch clubs and social events

Age Concern Fuengirola/Mijas will open its new social club in Arroyo de la Miel next week. The day centre, the charity's fourth, is open to the English-speaking community of Benalmádena and will offer weekly meetings, monthly lunch clubs, outings and special social events.

The new centre, which will be inaugurated by the mayor of Benalmádena, Víctor Navas, on Monday 23 September at 10.30am, is located in Edificio Anica Torres (the pensionista building ) in Plaza Mezquita. The Age Concern welfare team will be on hand to answer questions, while volunteers will offer information on ways the local community can get involved with the charity.

"The centre is open to the whole English-speaking community and they are invited to come along and meet our volunteers, say hello to old friends and get to know new ones," secretary Steve Marshall told SUR in English.

Age Concern Fuengirola/Mijas began in 2014 with the intent of helping senior citizens combat loneliness and isolation, and along with its four social clubs, the charity also organises an annual fundraising challenge. The challenges are designed to demonstrate that senior citizens can still enjoy adventure pastimes and an active social life. Previous events have included a skydive and a cross-border zip wire flight. This year, the daredevil pensioners and supporters will abseil down the side of the Sunset Beach Hotel in Benalmádena.

"These events show that for most of us, age should not be a barrier. Age Concern is a 'can do' charity run by 'can do' volunteers and all our clients are encouraged to live life to the fullest extent possible," the secretary explained.

The challenge will take place at 12.30pm on Wednesday 2 October and spectators are welcome.